1. Blocking ability off the charts.
Seattle has flourished under the ground and pound moniker for years. With a stalwart defense, and quarterback Russell Wilson, that was always enough. But over recent years the team focused more on a passing game at the expense of the run. Last season, the teams best non-quarterback rusher was Mike Davis, with a paltry 240 yards gained. The previous season was little better, as Christine Michael rushed for 469 yards.
The last 1,000 yard rusher was 2014 running back Marshawn Lynch, with a punishing 1,306 yards gained on the ground.
As the team ignored a need to continue to emphasize great blocking, that rushing production dropped dramatically. Now, Dissly joins a team eager to reclaim a running offense. On one hand, that type of offense helps redistribute the workload for the quarterback. Yet there is that added benefit to the defense as well. Particularly a defense called to protect a lead in the closing minutes of a game.
Seattle needed to address the tight end position in the 2018 NFL Draft. The exodus of tight end Jimmy Graham was a positive step for the Seahawks. He never delivered on the pass receptions, and his blocking skills were… atrocious. Now Seattle can refocus on the type of game which earned them the playoffs year after year. To that end, Will Dissly is an integral part of the Seahawks future.